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The Childcare Offer in the Vale of Glamorgan

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Childcare Offer for Wales helpline

Telephone: 03000 628 628


Rydym yn croesawu galwadau yn Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.


The helpline is open:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 9am to 4:30pm

Applications open 7 November for children born between the 1 September 2019 and 31 December 2019. 


Childcare funding can start from January 2023.  



Your Childcare Offer

The Childcare Offer funds nursery education and childcare for 3 to 4-year olds, before they start full-time education. It is made up of:

Nursery Education 

12.5 hours per week in a school nursery.*


You need to apply through the School Admissions Team for your school nursery place. 


For more information and your application, please click here to be redirected to: Nursery Admissions


*Also available at St Donat’s Nursery School and Swallow Playgroup.  Contact the settings directly to apply. 


Childcare Funding

17.5 hours per week of funding at a registered childcare provider in term time.


Up to 30 hours per week of funding at a childcare provider in the school holidays, for three weeks per term (9 holiday weeks in total per year)


A total of 48 weeks of childcare funding per year. You will need to fund any additional childcare that you need. 



Eligible parents can still use the childcare funding if they choose not to take up the 12.5 hours of nursery education.  However, childcare hours funded through the Childcare Offer do not increase if a parent does not use their nursery education entitlement.


The Childcare Offer and Starting Nursery Education

This video explains the difference between Childcare Offer funding and starting nursery education in the Vale of Glamorgan:




Childcare Funding Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for the childcare funding if:


  • You live in Wales;  
  • Your child is 3 to 4 years old. Please go to the table below for eligibility dates;
  • You are a student in Higher or Further Education enrolled on a course that is 10 weeks long or more



  • You are employed or self-employed and you earn at least:
    • £152 per week if you are 23 years old or older
    • £146.88 per week if you are 21-22 years old 
    • £109.28 per week if you are 18-20 years old

(these rates are based on 16 hrs per week at the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage for April 2022-March 2023 and will change annually)


  • You earn less than £100, 000 gross, per year, per parent.  If either parent earns over £100,000 gross, per year, you will be ineligible for the Childcare Offer.


You will need to upload the following supporting documents to your application: 


  • Your child’s birth certificate; 
  • Evidence of your address, e.g. your most recent Council tax letter; 
  • Your most recent 3 months of payslips if you are employed;
  • Your most recent self-assessment tax return if you are self-employed;
  • An enrolment letter/confirmation of a place in Further or Higher education.

You will need to upload eligibility evidence for both parents if you are a two-parent family.


Please note:


  • The term ‘parent’ refers to parents, legal guardians, step-parents, adoptive parents, foster carers, guardians, kinship carers, carers with a Special Guardianship Order and long-term live-in partners who live within the same household as the child.  
  • Parents currently on maternity/paternity/parental/adoption leave can apply for the Childcare Offer if they meet the above eligibility criteria. 
  • In a single-parent family, the above eligibility criteria apply to the sole parent.   
  • In a two-parent family the above eligibility criteria apply to both parents.   
  • Parents can access Tax-Free Childcare, Tax Credits or Universal Credit at the same time as the Offer, for any additional hours of childcare they pay for in respect of their child or for other children in the family. Visit the Childcare Choices website for further information.
  • Eligibility cannot be confirmed until a fully completed application form has been received and processed by the Childcare Offer team and you have received a confirmation email.​


Exceptions to the Eligibility Criteria: 


  • In a two-parent family where one parent meets the eligibility criteria and the other parent receives specific benefits, you could be eligible for the Childcare Offer in some circumstances. 

    This is based on the parent being in receipt of, or having an underlying entitlement to, one of the following qualifying benefits:

    • Incapacity benefit;
    • Carers allowance;
    • Severe disablement allowance;
    • Long term incapacity benefit; 
    • Employment and support allowance (ESA);
    • National insurance credits on the grounds of incapacity for work or limited capability for work.
    • Universal Credit where the individual has been assessed as having limited capability for work.
  • Families where both parents are in receipt of the above benefits (or has an underlying entitlement to the above benefits), or the sole parent in a single parent family, will not be able to access the Childcare Offer.
  • Where parents have separated but do not share equal custody of the child, the parent with primary custody will be eligible to take up the Offer (if they meet the eligibility criteria).
  • Where parents share equal custody one parent will need to be nominated as the lead parent for the Offer.
  • Parents who are in education or training and have formally suspended their studies due to long term sickness could still be eligible for the Childcare Offer. 
  • Parents who are employed/self-employed but who are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick leave could still be eligible for the Childcare Offer.

Childcare Funding: When is my child eligible?

Date of birth betweenApplications open (there is no deadline)Eligible for childcare funding from Eligible for childcare funding until 
01/09/2018 - 31/12/2018  29/10/2021  03/01/2022   31/08/2023
01/01/2019 - 31/03/2019  18/02/2022  25/04/2022   31/08/2023
01/04/2019 - 31/08/2019  10/06/2022  05/09/2022   31/08/2023
01/09/2019 - 31/12/2019  07/11/2022  09/01/2023   31/08/2024
01/01/2020 - 31/03/2020  17/01/2023  17/04/2023   31/08/2024
01/04/2020 - 31/08/2020  June 2023  04/09/2023   31/08/2024

There is no deadline for applications, but funding cannot be backdated.


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Children with Additional Needs

If your child has additional needs and you are eligible for the Childcare Offer we may be able to fund training for childcare providers, additional childcare staffing, specialist equipment, or physical adjustments to childcare provision. Please contact us on or 01446 704704 if you feel your child may need additional support. 


You may also be interested in our Index for Children with Disabilities or Additional Needs



Making your application 

Please follow the link below to apply and please note there are several support tools which could help you with completing your application, should you need it.



If you need any help with your Childcare Offer application, please contact the Vale Family Information Service on: 


  • 03000 628628



Information for Childcare Providers 

Parents of children born between 01/09/2019 - 31/12/2019 will use the new digital application in November. Funding will start in January 2023.


If you haven’t registered already for the new Childcare Offer digital system, please register below. This link will take you to the Government Gateway login page where you can begin the registration journey. You can find more information on creating your Government Gateway account, as well as what to do next if you already have one, here:


For more information on how to register for delivering the Childcare Offer via the National Digital Service, please follow the links below:


Please note:


  • Children currently receiving the Childcare Offer will continue on the existing system of invoices and attendance until they are no longer eligible for the Childcare Offer (the end of August 2023 for most children already receiving the Offer).
  • All children who start receiving the Childcare Offer from January 2023 and onwards will use the new system


Contact details

Vale Family Information Service (FIS)

Dock Offices

Subway Road


Vale of Glamorgan

CF63 4RT


  • 03000 628 628